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Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 3

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Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 Some cling to the belief that jazz is in crisis or worse, dead. Our impression is quite the opposite, and to prove our point, we've compiled a mixtape featuring some of the best jazz released in 2017. Also, check out our staff's BEST OF 2017 lists and view our 2017 recommendations. Playlist Fabian Almazan, “Alcanza Suite IV: Mas" from Alcanza (Biophilia) 0:00 Ralph Towner, ...

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Jazztopad 2017: Concerts In Living Rooms

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Jazztopad 2017: Concerts In Living Rooms Various homes Wroclaw, Poland November 25-26, 2017 You, dear reader, might have been to the occasional house concert, growing in popularity as these events are: but have you ever attended three in one afternoon, six over two days? Such was the potential over the climactic weekend of Jazztopad, that excellent Polish festival whose main gigs are set in the soaring concert hall of Wroclaw's National ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii: Satoko Fujii Solo

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In celebration of her sixtieth birthday, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii plans to release twelve albums in one year; one for each month of 2018. With many other artists it would be fair to question whether such output would compromise the integrity of the music but Fujii is--and has been--one of the most inexhaustible artists of her kind. Foregoing excellence has never been an option for her, and on the first issue of the planned sequence, Solo she exceeds expectations.

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Ruben Machtelinckx/Frederik Leroux: when the shade is stretched

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Ruben Machtelinckx and Frederik Leroux are both Belgian guitarists who have made increasing use of the banjo. They have previously performed together on Linus + Skarbo / Leroux (El Negocito Records, 2015)--Machtelinckx's project with reed player Thomas Jillings--but here they present separate solo programs. It's similar to each taking a side of an LP album. While the focus is on the banjo, it is definitely not merely a collection of unaccompanied banjo solos (although there are some tracks that are ...

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Elliot Galvin: The Influencing Machine

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The Influencing Machine is a concept album based on the book of the same name by Mike Jay. This true account tells the story of James Tilley-Matthews, a tea merchant and double agent, architect and political thinker. Born in 1770, Tilley- Matthews was renowned not just for his various and varied professional activities, but more because he was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed he was controlled by a machine that he coined an air loom. Committed to Bethlem psychiatric hospital ...

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Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence

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Larry Ham and Woody Witt's collaborative effort has brought forth the fruit of Presence, with the sophistication and melodic harmonic relationships that used to grace hard bop jazz, while still sporting just the right amount of abstract modernism from today's sound to supply a strong underpinning of the ensemble current. Woody Witt, a Houston based tenor-saxophonist, composer, and educator, with the Larry Ham Trio, comprised of pianist Ham, bassist Lee Hudson and drummer Tom Melito are a highly ...

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Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 2

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Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 Some cling to the belief that jazz is in crisis or worse, dead. Our impression is quite the opposite, and to prove our point, we've compiled a mixtape featuring some of the best jazz released in 2017. Also, check out our staff's BEST OF 2017 lists and view our 2017 recommendations. Happy Listening! Playlist Alicia Hall Moran, “Two Wings" from Here Today (Self-produced) ...

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Django Bates: Delightful Piano Touch

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British pianist and composer Django Bates has always been a multifaceted artist. On his recent ECM release, The Study of Touch, he leads his Trio Belovèd (featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun) through a set of intriguing originals, as well as reworking the classic Charlie Parker composition “Passport." We spoke to him about his latest record and discussed some of his past projects throughout his prolific career. All About Jazz: What's the ...

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Michael Adkins Quartet: Flaneur

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Canadian saxophonist Michael Adkins' third album, and his second on Hat Hut, Flaneur, arrives in a shroud of mystery. Back in 2008, Adkins released his debut for Hat Hut records, Rotator, but as it is turns out, he recorded another album the same year. It seems incredibly prolific, but it took ten years before it was released and here it is. Flaneur shows up as a gift out of nowhere, ten years unaccounted for, but in this ...